Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Reflections of a physics education specialist wanabe

picture of the simulation in my journal paper Wee L.K. (2011) One-Dimensional Collision Carts Computer Model and its Design Ideas for Productive Experiential Learning Physics Education XX(X), XXX (accepted for publication)
Reflections of a physics education specialist
    • how your work and your expertise have benefited schools/teachers/students
      My expertise in use (ICT) Open Source Physics tools (Easy Java Simulation Authoring toolkit and Tracker) has benefited schools teachers and students in several ways.

        • Made active learning possible and fun 
        • Created personal experience essential for sense making (understand) 
        • Support inquiry learning and thinking like real scientist 
        • Learners are appreciative of injecting much needed joy for learning 
        • Improved Teachers belief's in the delivering meaningful and reasonable cost(effort, monetary cost) benefits (engaged and appreciative learners, improve teacher capacity, professional learning community) lessons using simulations as oppose to other tools. 

      [parts extracted from recent evidence from Wee L.K. (2011) One-Dimensional Collision Carts Computer Model and its Design Ideas for Productive Experiential Learning Physics Education XX(X), XXX (accepted for publication)]

      • the breadth, depth & height of your expertise
        • Breadth: Video Analysis, Video Modeling, Creating customized OSP (Open Source Physics) Simulations, Video director (mp2)
        • Width: Physics( all topics covered up to university OSP), Mathematics (Geogebra and OSP mathematics applets), Primary Science (Phases of Moon), 
        • Depth: Creating new knowledge, new pedagogical feature inside simulations, publish 1st author journal paper(s) in Institute of Physics (peer reviewed), part of the Physics Master Teacher community/task force, contributed & co-create OSP simulations to global OSP researcher-community, where simulations are used all over the world.  
      • the contributions made and the impact on learning
        •  enable ICT pedagogy
      School that have used the tools i advocate
          • River Valley High School
          • Hwa Chong Institute
          • Yishun Junior College
          • Nanyang Girls High School
          • Raffles Girls School
          • Anderson Junior College
          • Angelo Chinese Junior College
          • Pioneer Junior College
      • publications - online, hard copies

      •  conferences
       
      • research that you are involved in - why this area, what is your research about, how you conducted it, its value and what have you learnt and how are you going to use the findings 
      • Open Source Physics tools (Easy Java Simulation Authoring toolkit and Tracker)
      • Why i participate in OSP research is because it is the most influential leader in physics education, researcher used and free authoring tool in enabling ordinary teachers researchers in creating professional grade accurate simulations to enable inquiry active learning. I personally know that OSP has been one of the most successful researcher-physics community in supporting computer based active learning.
      • I conduct R&D in my own teacher led initiative in my free time usually at home.
      • Value is tremendous in terms of student conducting inquiry, creating simple computer models to represent their understanding, completely free, benefit all of humankind who is interested in physics learning, teacher can participate in networked learning community with OSP, conduct active inquiry learning (align with MOE science curriculum framework).

      •  why you have chosen SST-ship
        • To stand on your own body of research work
        • Professional development
        • To specialize in open source physics education, to pick the projects to work on.
        • Pay

        • any materials (props) you want to take into the session
            • bring own computer to run simulations.
            • few names (researchers)

              • few learning models   
                • The learning theories of Jean Piaget, Jerome Bruner, Lev Vygotsky and John Dewey serve as the foundation of constructivist learning theory.[8] Constructivism views learning as a process in which the learner actively constructs or builds new ideas or concepts based upon current and past knowledge or experience. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning_theory_%28education%29



                Take your time to answer, look earnest, sound passionate and if you have any materials (props) you want to take into the session, do so. Drop a few names (researchers), refer to a few learning models you know.

                Update:) got the letter dated 13 December 2011 on 14 January 2012.
                appointment letter as senior specialist with cyberwellness details removed thanks to Kin Mun and Ken